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Election Theft in the USA: An Astrophysicist's POV

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We took the story to the newspaper of record, the New York Times, but they didn't want to talk to us, didn't even want to hear what we had to say. This is a newspaper that has so often been accused of leaning so far toward the Democrats that they can't give Republicans a fair shake. It took another year or two, but I came to question the landscape of political reality as painted by the Times.

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The Krugman story was another big event for me, shaking my faith. Krugman published that last column warning of election theft just a few days before the 2004 presidential election. Then, on November 1, the Times abruptly announced that Krugman was "on leave" for a few months, writing his book. By the time his column returned the following February (2005), we knew a lot more about ways in which Secretary of State Ken Blackwell had stolen Ohio for Bush.

But Krugman didn't write about that. In fact, he has not written a word about election theft since.

The Nation had that very revealing article in the summer of 2004. Then in November, the election was stolen, just as they had predicted. But The Nation completely changed their tune, and in fact, David Corn published disinformation, clearly designed to discredit the election integrity movement. (The Nation has taken down the original link, but a copy of Corn's article can be read here.)

I have a friend in Chicago who went to school with Krugman in the 1970s, and in 2006, I had an opportunity to pass a question to him: Why did he stop writing about election theft? My friend reported that Krugman got a deer-in-the-headlights look on his face and said "I'll tell you about that later," but he never did.

JB: You also experienced censorship regarding buying advertising for a book that dealt with the subject of election fraud. Share that story with us, please.

JM: Sure - Like most other public radio stations, WHYY (Philadelphia) doesn't have "advertising" but they do have "donor announcements", which are often used to put a movie or a book or a theatre piece on the air in exchange for a contribution to the station. They're structured just like ads, in that you get a set number of announcements for "contributing" a set amount. So I called their giving office and asked if I could get a book announcement in exchange for a gift, and they said, "sure," and I arranged the donation amount and the number of times it would be announced, and then I told them the name of the book, by Mark Crispin Miller, was Fooled Again: How the Right Stole the 2004 Election, and Why They'll Steal the Next One Too (Unless We Stop Them).

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Joan Brunwasser is a co-founder of Citizens for Election Reform (CER) which since 2005 existed for the sole purpose of raising the public awareness of the critical need for election reform. Our goal: to restore fair, accurate, transparent, secure elections where votes are cast in private and counted in public. Because the problems with electronic (computerized) voting systems include a lack of (more...)

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